I made the short list!
Behind the Night Bazaar is short-listed for a Crime Writers Association of Australia Ned Kelly Award in the ‘Fiction Best First’ category. I don’t expect to win – my money’s on my friend and Text Publishing stable-mate Adrian Hyland to take the honours (although I confess, I haven’t read the other two short-listed works). But it’s a thrill to make the list and a good excuse get it to at least one Melbourne Writers Festival event this year.
According to the Ned Kelly Awards website, “legend has it, the Ned Kelly Awards and the Crime Writers Association of Australia were the brain child [children?] of various writers, critics, academics and booksellers given to meeting over luncheon in Sydney’s Chinatown from time to time.” The annual awards recognise and encourage Australian crimewriting – though thankfully, this doesn’t require the crime to be set in Australia.
In other news, I’ve decided to spend less time blogging and more time working on my next novel, inspired largely by Sophie Cunningham’s article in the A2 section of The Age, ‘Caught in the blogjam‘, 21 July 2007. (The blog entry on which it’s based is here). Although Sophie didn’t reach the same conclusion as I did, her quote from Mark Sarvas, “Are you a blogger, or are you a writer? And if you’re a writer, why the fuck aren’t you writing?” hit a nerve.
While I intend to maintain a blog, it won’t be at the expense of my next novel. Or my journal, for that matter, which has been sadly neglected of late. So I’m allowing myself one post per month.
Of course, if anything spectacular happens in the interim…